Building big strong traps is crucial for a symmetrically sculpted upper torso, nothing is more impressive and intimidating than a perfect set of traps sticking out of the top of your t-shirt. Guys with decent-sized arms are a dime a dozen, but to really stand out in the crowd, you need big strong traps.
To build some shirt stretching traps, you have got to isolate this area with a variety of exercises that target the upper, middle and lower section of these muscles. Dedicate a training day to these muscles with the following handful of exercises, and you’ll be busting out some bigger traps in no time.
Exercise #1: The Deadlift
Deadlift is awesome. The best trap building exercise is the deadlift. One need looks no further than the massive trap development of elite powerlifters to see how useful this exercise is at building these intimidating muscles.
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Exercise #2: Rack Pulls
Let’s really focus on the traps without having to worry about technique and mobility issues, rack pulls are your best bet.
Set a bar on pins in a power rack at so that the bar is slightly above or below your kneecap. If the bar is resting directly against your kneecap at the start, adjust the pins or stand on some plates.
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